MANHATTAN — A week after state Sen. Tom Duane made the surprise announcement he would not seek re-election after 14 years in office, Community Board 2 Chairman Brad Hoylman kicked off his campaign for the position Monday.
In a mass email, Hoylman, who is also a Democratic district leader, said he would bring to the office the same values and strengths that Duane has exemplified.
"I promise you that if I am elected, I will serve the neighborhoods of the 27th state Senate District with the same passion for sound, progressive policies and community self-determination that were hallmarks of Sen. Tom Duane’s tenure," Hoylman said.
"Nothing would make me prouder than to continue Tom’s legacy of being a champion for our community and for those who normally don’t have a voice in the halls of government."
Hoylman, who told DNAinfo.com New York on June 4 that he planned to run for the seat, outlined some of his priorities in the missive.
He said he would fight for the city's share of education dollars, work to eliminate real estate development loopholes and fight to win passage of civil rights protections for transgender people.
The Village resident — who is a former Rhodes Scholar, Harvard Law School graduate and father of an 18-month daughter — would represent Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, the Upper West Side and parts of the East Village.
Touting his public service accomplishments, Hoylman listed his work on a deal to renovate Washington Square Park, negotiations with developers and landmarking efforts.
Hoylman must collect at least 1,000 signatures from registered Democrats in the next four weeks to make it onto the ballot.